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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,992 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colleen McCullough Narrator: Sneha Mathan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Masters of Rome Series Release Date:
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Mark Antony, famous warrior and legendary lover, expects that he will be Julius Caesar’s successor. But when Caesar is murdered, his eighteen-year-old nephew, Octavian, is named as his heir. No one, least of all Antony, expects Octavian to last; but his youth and slight frame conceal a remarkable determination and a sharp strategic mind. Under Octavian’s rule, the empire is divided, with Antony responsible for the fabulously rich East. 

There he meets Cleopatra, who is still mourning Caesar, her lover and the father of her only son. Despite his marriage to Octavian’s sister, Antony is fascinated by the Egyptian queen. Drawn together by grief, ambition, passion, and politics, they begin a very public love affair, and the tension between Antony and Octavian, already simmering, soon threatens to erupt into war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Once she finds her sandaled footing, McCullough delivers an impassioned novel whose pages don't turn fast enough.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Crafted with the same attention to detail as its predecessors, and the descriptions of food, clothing, weaponry and tactics, religious practices, and the labyrinthine complexities of Roman family relationships and political alliances, all help to produce the quasi-cinematic illusion of reality on which historical fiction relies.”

    The Age (Melbourne)

  • “[McCullough] writes clearly, keeps the action going and has a firm control…Few have tried harder than McCullough to bring ancient Rome to a broad audience.”

    Washington Post

  • “The tragic denouement is, in McCullough’s capable hands, no less compelling for being so well known. As with the previous volumes in this series, the author’s scholarship and larger-than-life characters bring a tempestuous Rome to life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “McCullough creates tension and pathos through her complex and rich writing.”

    Library Journal

  • “Outsized personages richly recast against a convincing backdrop will keep readers riveted throughout Antony’s slow unraveling and ultimate sacrifice, and Octavian’s methodical ascent.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aine Dunne | 2/16/2014

    " Not the best written book I've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rozonda | 2/16/2014

    " Refreshing view on Cleopatra, Antony, Octavius and other characters. Ms McCullough brings them to life in an amazingly intelligent and realistic way. Beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eve | 2/9/2014

    " This is the seventh book in McCullough's Masters of Rome series, and the ingredients are still pretty much the same as in the previous books - wars, politics, domestic scenes, more wars and politics. Recommended if you're already used to McCullough's prose style and universe, or very much interested in this period of Roman history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Clara Marshall | 2/5/2014

    " I was disappointed by this book. It was as though McCullogh was going trying to cram as much history into the book as she could. Instead of just focussing on the main protagonists the reader was treated to the view points of too many characters who were far from convincing. After the fantastic first books in the Masters of Rome series, this book left me saddened knowing that a great author was coming to the end of her literary life. "

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